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December 18, 2005


look out,
                      look down, look in...

The train is a great place to read, especially rolling through the vast plains of Montana and North Dakota where the land stretches out to the horizon flat as a page. Here's what I read:

COLORS - Issue 65 of the bilingual magazine published by the Benetton clothing empire surveys the state of press freedom around the world on the 20th anniversary of the formation of Reporters without Borders, an organization which monitors conditions and advocates for journalists. The news about news is not all bad but it needs to get better fast.

The Sacred Balance by David Suzuki - One of Sarah's former coworkers lent her this. It's a plea for people to recognize the interconnectedness of all life on Earth and change their behavior accordingly. Subtitled Rediscovering Our Place in Nature, it describes in layman's terms the complex interrelationships between humans and air, water, soil, the sun, and other life forms. It's a wondrous book which makes plain the urgent need for people to curb their consumption.

Sudoku Puzzle Book - OK, this isn't strictly reading, but it's engaging. Apparently, Sudoku is a huge puzzle craze which I'd never heard of before. The game is to fill a 9x9 grid with single numbers in such a way that numbers don't repeat in any given column, row, or 3x3 subsection. No math involved, just logic and process of elimination. We bought it to give to Sarah's puzzle fiend father, but we ended up filling in (and later erasing) several pages ourselves.